The Texas Tech Red Raiders haven’t tasted much NCAA Tournament success in recent memory.
2016 served as the Red Raiders only NCAA Tournament appearance in the past decade, and Texas Tech hasn’t made it past the opening weekend and appeared in a Sweet Sixteen since 2005.
At 22-6 and No. 6 nationally, there’s reason to believe 2018 may be the year the Red Raiders can once again relish in basketball glory when March rolls around. With Texas Tech hosting ESPN College GameDay for the first time on Saturday, the GameDay crew played a round of ‘Texas Tech Hold ‘Em,’ in which the crew was asked various NCAA Tournament questions.
When it came to Texas Tech’s potential to make it back to the Sweet Sixteen for the first time in more than a decade, the crew’s answers were as palatable as freshly tossed tortillas to the Red Raider faithful’s ears.
“100 percent,” Jay Williams said. “Wreck ‘Em,” Seth Greenberg added emphatically. “Zach Smith’s back, they defend, they’ve got a toughness, they’re build for the tournament.”
For a program that’s never once made it beyond the Sweet Sixteen, Jay Bilas said that’s possible is a key contributor is at 100 percent.
“If Keenan Evans is healthy, they’re beyond the Sweet 16,” Bilas said.
— Texas Tech Basketball (@TexasTechMBB) February 24, 2018
The Red Raiders have made five Sweet Sixteen appearances in program history (1961, 1962, 1976, 1996, 2005).
Behind an elite defense and some star power in the form of Keenan Evans and the newly-returned Zach Smith, Texas Tech may soon be adding 2018 to its collection of Sweet Sixteen banners.
Texas Tech is currently a 3-seed in Joe Lunardi’s Bracketology.
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